Beijing plans to bin coal-fired boilers?

Images of Chinese city-dwellers wearing white masks over their nose and mouth to avoid breathing in coal dust could become a rarity if authorities get their way: Beijing hopes to […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Images of Chinese city-dwellers wearing white masks over their nose and mouth to avoid breathing in coal dust could become a rarity if authorities get their way: Beijing hopes to bin most coal-fired boilers in its city centre in a bid to cut air pollution by the end of 2015.

The Chinese capital wants to cut coal use by 1.4 million tons this year, on the back of cutting coal by 700,000 metric tons last year, it was reported today.

Beijing intends to use no more than 21.5 million tons of the fossil fuel according to China Daily, citing the city’s Environmental Protection Bureau’s 2013 coal use plan and Commission of Development and Reform.